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The geography of bus shelter damage: the influence of crime, neighbourhood characteristics and land-use

Newton, Andrew D. and Bowers, Kate J. (2007) The geography of bus shelter damage: the influence of crime, neighbourhood characteristics and land-use. Internet Journal of Criminology.

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    Abstract

    This paper offers unique insights into the distribution of damage to bus shelters, in a single
    case study area, Merseyside (UK). The geography of bus shelter damage is examined in
    relation to the criminogenic and socio-economic characteristics of its neighbourhood, and
    the local land use context. The findings suggest that shelter damage is related in a known
    and predictable way to known characteristics of its neighbourhood, and that shelters in
    areas with high levels of anti social behaviour and violence against the person are more
    susceptible to bus shelter damage. Two key factors in the occurrence of bus shelter
    damage appear to be lack of capable guardianships and the presence of youths. In relation
    to the influence of land use, the presence of parks, children s play areas and schools
    (particularly those whose unauthorised truancy levels were above the national average)
    were positively correlated with shelter damage. By contrast, negative relationships were
    found between shelter damage and the presence of pubs, clubs, and off-licenses. The
    implications of these findings for crime prevention are then discussed, alongside some
    potential avenues for future research.

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    Additional Information: UoA 40 (Social Work and Social Policy and Administration) Internet Journal of Criminology © 2007
    Uncontrolled Keywords: bus shelter damage crime neighbourhood land use
    Subjects: H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
    H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
    Schools: School of Human and Health Sciences
    School of Human and Health Sciences > Applied Criminology Centre
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    Date Deposited: 16 Nov 2007
    Last Modified: 28 Jul 2010 19:21
    URI: http://eprints.hud.ac.uk/id/eprint/474

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